Solution for High Resolution Micro-Meteorological Tools for Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Contaminant Transport and Dispersal Predictions

Period of Performance: 08/01/2006 - 05/31/2007

$99.6K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Itri Corp.
7208 Hadlow Drive
Springfield, VA 22152
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle
Monterey, CA 93493
Institution POC

Abstract

Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, and Industry first responders in any scenario involving hazardous materials require easy to obtain, interpret, and visualize characterizations of the environment that they are about to operate in. The applications that generate and make the characterizations available must be must be technically sound with respect to the influence of the terrain and the natural environmental conditions on the transport and diffusion of the hazardous materials and provide guidance in a probabilistic form so as to help reduce the risks of uncertainty in responding. They also require timely updates so that they can be constantly aware of the environment and the expected changes in that environment as their operations continue. In this Phase I STTR Itri Corporation and the Naval Research Lab, Monterey CA will demonstrate the feasibility of: accessing foundation geographic data and various central sites' meteorological data fields via the internet, using this data to initialize higher fidelity meteorological and dispersion models, collect and fuse ensembles of the high fidelity models, and visualize the results in a small mobile device such as a tablet or PDA or cell phone for planners and first responders.BENEFITS: Leverage the enormous investment and infrastructure/capability already in place by the US and State Governments, the IT Industry, and the Communications Industry to provide an affordable Response Information and Guidance System available to Planners and First Responders delivering them actionable information. Some of the other market segments that we think may be able to affordably apply this technology are crop disease forecasting and mitigation, point source pollution (extant, diffusion, and monitoring), and in support of the production of Environmental Impact Statements or general area characterizations.